6 principles of visual hierarchy for designers

First there were stone tablets, papyrus scrolls and paper. Then came computer screens and electronic tablets. As the technology to display a page evolves, it remains the designer’s job to arrange the content clearly. But what’s the best way?  It’s an increasingly important question, as responsive frameworks force designers to think about many different pages at... Read More

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How to create a playful business monster icon

Today we’re going to have some fun with mobile app design. The most widely used apps are either business or gaming-oriented. Typically they remain separate, but what if you were to combine them? Say hello to the cute business monster icon. This is going to be done in Photoshop and I’ll guide you step by... Read More

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Using a well-known symbol? Consider public domain

Public domain images can be a great resource for designers of all types. You just have to make sure you actually understand what this means. Just because an image is publicly available, does not mean it is public domain (sorry, Google search masters). Public domain is an intellectual property designation that applies to images whose... Read More

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How to create PNG files of your logo in Illustrator

PNG (Portable Network Graphics) files are raster, web-based files that don’t lose quality when compressed. They are best used for displaying images on the web, and are one of the essential file formats to deliver to your logo design clients. Clients need a PNG file (in addition to the other required file types) so that they can... Read More

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We’re kicking off 99designs x 99U this May!

We’ve been big fans of 99U for a long time. It’s a fantastic blog full of unending insight for creatives. So we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with them to bring you some of their best content via The Creative Edge (or as it’s more commonly known, the 99designs’ Designer Blog)! We’re calling it 99designs... Read More

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A guide on Photoshop layer styles

Photoshop layer styles provide you with incredible versatility to achieve the look you’re going for and can be a real time saver. However, they can significantly slow down Photoshop’s performance if used improperly. Learn how to get the best out of them by following this simple guide. You have 2 main options for using layer... Read More

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6 super-useful Chrome extensions for designers

If you are a Chrome user, you probably love it for it’s speed and simplicity. However, no matter how much you like simplicity, sooner or later you’ll need will add some extra functionality you desperately need. In such cases, it’s extensions to the rescue. If you were a Firefox user before you switched to Chrome (or perhaps... Read More

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8 restaurant menu design tips

Great restaurant menu designs can enhance a dining experience, help customers makes satisfying choices and stimulate appetite. However, a menu is more than just a list of the dishes a restaurant has available; it is an advertising tool capable of communicating a restaurant’s identity and driving profit – if it’s well designed.  Here, we discuss several... Read More

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Photoshop Brush Tool basics: the Brush Panel

In the previous article in this series, you learned the most basic information every designer needs to know about the Photoshop Brush Tool. With this one, we’ll learn how to more precisely control the brush, and push the limits of its use. The most complex settings for brushes can be found in the Brush Panel. Open... Read More

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